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Odd Finds and Hidden Gems: The Cars of eBay

By exfordy (http://www.flickr.com/photos/exfordy/2310028357/) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

When it comes to buying a new car, most people opt to drive to their local dealership to browse the selection. In some cases, people turn to family and friends who have vehicles for sale. Before you make a final decision, you will want to inspect and drive the car so that you can get an idea of its condition, allowing you to spot any problems that might be present. Most people would not think of buying a car online. Even though this is true for the majority of people, eBay, the popular auction site, has a large automotive section.

You will find almost anything, including cars that are ready for the junkyard and hidden gems that you will not want to miss. To give you a better understanding of what you can expect from eBay, we are going to take a look at some of the best vehicles that have made their way to the site.

1976 Bradley GT

By Binksternet (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
By Binksternet (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
This kit car was listed on an auction with a starting bid of only $200, and although the previous owner did not restore it, the Bradley only had 6,000 miles at the time of the listing. Its body was still in great shape, so anyone would be proud to add this car to the collection.

1960 Cisitalia Barchetta Sport

When it is driving down the road, the Barchetta is sure to turn heads and generate interest quickly. Originally an Italian style two seater, the Barchetta lacks any kind of decoration and equipment that would add to wind resistance and weight. What’s even more surprising is the fact that most models didn’t even have doors, although some were 2 door models. This particular Barchetta is a model with two doors, but without any exterior handles. With a little less than 10,000 miles on the engine, it’s a great find. Because it is a rare vehicle, this car earned a starting bid of $150,000.

2011 Zolfe GTC Road Rocket

The Zolfe GTC Road Rocket is another great find that was listed on eBay. With a starting price of $2,000, it received bids quickly, ramping the price up to $22,610. The aim of the manufacturer was to bring back the excitement of true sports cars, and was inspired by models such as the Porsche 911, Jaguar E-Type, Chevrolet Corvette, and Ford GT40. The model listed on eBay was a preproduction prototype that is road legal in all U.S. states, claims the seller. With only 1,329 miles, the GTC is a great find for anyone with a passion for sports cars and a need for speed. The designers intentionally made the car lightweight to provide it with the best possible performance. Unfortunately for the highest bidder, winning bid of $22,610 did not meet the reserve.

1994 Geo Tracker Custom Crawler

For all those who love off-roading, finding just the right model that can climb even the harshest hills and descent the trickiest slopes is a true challenge. Having a custom built vehicle, like this Geo Tracker Crawler, is a true marvel. This all-wheel drive truck can handle even the worst driving conditions, enabling the driver to travel through snow, mud, and rain without any trouble. Even though the seller listed all the upgrades that were done, but with a starting price of $9,500.00 and 76,000 miles on the odometer, the Geo Tracker did not create much interest.

2013 Scion FR-S

By steve lyon from los angeles, ca, usa (Scion FR-SUploaded by FAEP) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
By steve lyon from los angeles, ca, usa (Scion FR-SUploaded by FAEP) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
The 2013 Scion FR-S did not take long to start getting bids, and because it only had 5,200 miles and a ton of upgrades, the $24,600 winning bid was well worth the cost for the winner of the auction. It was originally built for the 2013 SEMA show and was a demo car for high-end wheel maker Forgestar, the seller says. With the popular Rocket Bunny design, this FR-S has real character. Boosted to 300 HP with a Vortech supercharger and with over $50,000 worth of aftermarket upgrades, this beauty was a real grab for the winning bid.

1963 Ferrari GTL Lusso

Even though the listed price for this 1963 Ferrari GTL Lusso is staggering, the $1,9 million price tag is still a great deal for anyone who can afford it, since it has a mileage of only 3,735 miles. Deemed as one of the most elegant Ferraris, The Lusso still packs a punch thanks to its V12 engine. This auction was definitely an opportunity to own a rare classic of which anyone would be proud to drive.

1988 Santarsiero Atlantis Roadster

The Santarsiero Atlantis Roadster is truly a special find. Not a production vehicle, but a one-off tribute, the French, teardrop-style design of the body make the Santarsiero stand out in the crowd. Sporting an automatic transmission and a V8 Ford engine neatly tucked under a V-shaped hood, this two seater is a true work of art. Even though it was built in 1988, the Roadster has only traveled 243 miles in its lifetime, and recently received a fresh paint job and polish, the seller says, making it worth the price of $149,000.

2009 Devon GTX

Being listed as one of only two ever produced, the 2009 Devon GTX is a spectacular find. With custom built body and based on the Dodge Viper chassis and engine, the combination of modern and retro styling make the Devong GTX a pleasure to behold. The price of $199,500 really isn’t too much for such a breathtaking car, especially since it had a mileage of only 5000 miles when it was listed.

1956 Ford F-100

By Sicnag (1956 Ford F100 Standard Cab) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
By Sicnag (1956 Ford F100 Standard Cab) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
As far as classic vehicles are concerned, the 1956 Ford F-100 is in a class of its own, and getting your hands on one is not always an easy task to complete. This particular F100 was featured in the May 2016 edition of the Classic TRUCKS Magazine. The price listed for this vehicle, although it can’t be seen now, was $100,000, which is shockingly high, until you inspect the vehicle in detail. Under the hood, you will find a 5.0-liter V8 Coyote engine that dishes out 420 HP. The 4-speed automatic transmission features simple shift control, and the F100 comes with upgraded suspension and 4-wheel disc brakes. The interior is fitted with a custom leather, and even has heated and massaging seats! With only 3,817 miles driven, it is a great deal, and anyone would jump at the chance to show it off at a car show, or your front yard, or anywhere you go, really.

1975 Reliant Robin

With 47,000 miles, the 1975 Reliant Robin is not the most well preserved vehicle that you will find online, but it is still unique enough to make it appeal to a range of collectors and enthusiasts. The first thing that you will notice when you look at it is that it only it appears to be missing one wheel. This quirky three-wheel design makes it very popular up to this day. It might not be the fanciest car that you will spot on the web, but the winning bidder gladly paid $5,049 to add it to their collection.

1993 Acura NSX Base Coupe 2-Door

By ed g2s • talk (Own work) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons
By ed g2s • talk (Own work) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons
The Acura NSX is one of the most popular sports cars of all time. This year, we are getting a new generation of Acura NSX, which we have covered in detail already, but the appeal of the original NSX still stands. Not only does the first generation NSX offer outstanding performance, but the 1993 Acura NSX listed on eBay was supposedly owned by a celebrity, taking its appeal to a completely new level. With less than 6,000 miles driven, the NSX is in great shape and runs like new, says the seller. Considering the condition and history of this car, the $73,500 winning bid was a fair price that anyone would gladly pay.

Final Thoughts

Although you might feel reluctant to buy a car online, you will discover many great vehicles if you are willing to take the risk. The key is to look for sellers that have a positive reputation on eBay, and you can always look up a car’s history report to put your mind at ease. Unless you are a car expert, always research the value of a car to ensure that you get a fair deal, and you could find a rare gem at an unbeatable price.